Electronic waste: increasing collection

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The collection of WEEE, waste from electrical and electronic equipment, is growing but does not yet reach the levels required by Europe. This is what emerges from the latest report of the Reee Coordination Center. Let’s see the data.

Recycling of waste products

First we try to understand what the Raee are. We talk about computers, tablets, refrigerators, TVs, washing machines, hairdryers, smartphones, blenders, electronic games, toasters, light bulbs, etc. arrived at the end of their life. The report examines the numbers relating to the collection and treatment of this particular type of waste on the Italian territory.

Well in 2015 the collection reached 249 thousand tons, against the 231 thousand of 2014. By the end of this year the main objective is to collect and recycle a percentage of Raee equal to 45% of the goods placed on the market. At the end of 2014, our country was 34.98%, Germany 40%.

As in many other reports, the Italian situation appears very varied. In Northern Italy, per capita collection is on average higher than in the South; the province first in the standings is however Olbia with 10.23 kg per inhabitant. Lombardy is the region with the highest number of collection centers: the first three provinces in Italy are in fact Bergamo, Brescia and Milan (175, 160 and 157 structures). The not far geographically Lecco is instead very far as number of centers, which stop at 3, the worst data on the whole national territory.

The largest number of waste is represented by refrigerators and air-conditioners (70 thousand tons), followed by large whites (68 thousand), TV and monitors (65 thousand), small appliances (43 thousand).

From a European point of view, we say that less waste from electrical and electronic equipment is collected in Italy than in Germany, the United Kingdom and France. According to the latest Eurostat data, in the EU, the country with the highest number of recycled WEEE is Norway with 16.68 kg per person.

 

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